Campus Directory: Michael Stingl

University of Lethbridge

Michael Stingl
Philosophy Department
Office: B878 (University Hall)
Phone: (403) 329-2504
Fax: (403) 329-5109


Evolution and ethics, The just distribution of healthcare resources, Euthanasia

Research Areas

Evolution and ethics, Euthanasia, Research ethics


Honours BA (Madison) MA and PhD (Toronto). SSHRC Postdoctoral position at the University of Calgary and Visiting Professor at Rice University. Began teaching at Lethbridge in 1989. Founding member, Women and Gender Studies Department. Chair of the Community Research Committee of the Health Research Ethics Board of Alberta (HREBA-CHC) and former Editorial Board Coordinator of the Canadian Journal of Philosophy (CJP). Has also sat on the Lethbridge Health Region Ethics Committee and on the board of the Provincial Health Ethics Network (PHEN). Past Chair of the Philosophy Department and past Coordinator of the Liberal Education Program at the University of Lethbridge.

Selected Publications

Edited Book:

The Price of Compassion: Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, Broadview, 2010.

Articles and Book Chapters:

John Collier and Michael Stingl, "Evolutionary Moral Realism," Biological Theory 7 (2013): 218-226.

Michael Stingl and John Collier, "Reasonable Partiality from a Biological Point of View," Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 8 (2005): 11-24.

"All the Monkeys Aren't in the Zoo: Evolutionary Ethics and the Possibility of Moral Knowledge," Moral Epistemology Naturalized, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Supplementary Volume 26 (2000), ed. Richmond Campbell and Bruce Hunter, pp. 245-265.

"Equality and Efficiency as Basic Social Values," in Efficiency vs. Equality: Health Reform in Canada, ed. Michael Stingl and Donna Wilson, Fernwood Press (1996), pp. 7-19. Reprinted in Moral Issues in Global Perspective, ed. Christine Koggel, Broadview Press, Peterborough, 1999 (2005), and in Readings in Health Care Ethics, ed. Elisabeth Boetzkes and Wilfrid J. Waluchow, Broadview Press, Peterborough, 2000 (2012).

"Ethics 1900-1945," in Meaning, Knowledge and Value, Vol. 10 of the Routledge History of Philosophy, ed. Jack Canfield, Routledge, 1996, pp. 134-162.

John Collier and Michael Stingl, "Evolutionary Naturalism and the Objectivity of Morality," Biology and Philosophy 8 (1993): 47-60. Reprinted in Issues in Evolutionary Ethics, ed. Paul Thompson, SUNY Press, 1994.

In The Media

Ethics involving humans, animals can lead to philosophical puzzles; Lethbridge Herald; March 9, 2007.

Research Interests

Evolution and ethics, euthanasia, biomedical ethics.

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